A Quote by Stephen Shapiro on leadership, management, business, and creativity

Can you imagine how many hot dogs you would have to sell to make a $50K?

This highlights one of the mistakes that organizations make when thinking about innovation.

Although top executives typically keep their eyes on the end game (usually some variation of short- and long-term stock price), as you move down through the organization this changes. The focus shifts to measuring and managing tasks and products (such as selling hot dogs). The reality is, these are only a means to an end.

The solution? Stop micro-managing activities and make sure that every employee understands – and keeps their eyes on - business fundamentals and what matters most. This will enhance both creativity and overall business performance.

Stephen Shapiro

Source: Innovation Lesson from The Apprentice: http://www.steveshapiro.com/2008/01/07/innovation-lesson-from-the-apprentice/

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A Quote by Roslynn Carter on leadership

"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be."

Roslynn Carter

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A Quote by Linda and Morris Tannehill on fear, liberty, excuse, leader, leadership, and responsibility

People who fear responsibility find it easier to call for leaders, even when those leaders may become tyrants, than to accept the risk and effort of looking for solutions to the problems that beset them.

Linda and Morris Tannehill

Source: p. 42-43; The Market for LIberty (http://www.mises.org/books/marketforliberty.pdf)

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A Quote by Michael Ray, Ph.D. on leadership, organization, business, principles, integrity, and creativity

Executives run organizations. In business, we need executives who have clarity, people who are in touch with themselves. Then, in leadership and management positions, they can be good role models and leaders. The people I know who have really moved their organizations are scrupulous role models. They are so clear about honesty, integrity, openness, mutual self-respect, dignity for the individual, and creativity, that they don't deviate from these principles at all in their behavior. And by doing that they generate the same kind of behavior in their organization. In that way, organizations are just like families. If you don't show complete respect or openness, it causes the same kind of Negative Love reactions in people in business as occurs in families.

Michael Ray, Ph.D.

Source: SELF-LOVE: The Ultimate Business Tool: http://www.hoffmaninstitute.org/interviews-articles/interviews/career/ray.html

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A Quote by Jeff Immelt on customers, coaching, leadership, and business

You can't delegate growth or customer satisfaction. I'm spending four or five days a month with customers. Twice every month, I do town-hall meetings with several hundred customers to share ideas on GE's direction and listen to their thoughts on what we can do better. And we're doing what I call dreaming sessions with key customer groups, trying to think about where our business and their business will be in 5 or 10 years. I'm probably spending 30% of the time on people, teaching and coaching. I'm using 10% of my time on governance, working with the board, meeting with investors. The rest would be time spent on the plumbing of the company, working on operating reviews and strategy sessions.

Jeff Immelt

Source: Fast Company Interview: Jeff Immelt: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/96/jeff-immelt.html

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A Quote by Bill George on leadership, mission, values, and organization

The leader’s job today, in 21st-century terms, is not about gaining followership. Followership is an outmoded notion. Leadership starts with gaining alignment with the mission and values of the organization: What are we about? What do we believe as a group? Goldman Sachs, where I serve on the board, has achieved solid alignment around its mission: “The clients’ interests always come first.” At Medtronic, we aligned around the idea of “allevi­ating pain, restoring health, and ex­tending life.” It was clear that anyone who didn’t buy into that could work somewhere else.

Bill George

Source: The Thought Leader Interview: Bill George: http://www.strategy-business.com/press/article/07409

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A Quote by Bill George on emotion, intellience, leadership, and emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence also matters. As Dick Kovacevich of Wells Fargo says, “Above the 99th percentile of intelligence, there is an inverse correlation between leadership and intelligence.” In other words, many exceptionally intelligent leaders try to be the smartest person in the room and impose their views. They don’t get the best out of their people. Leadership is about much more than IQ, and requires you to develop yourself through the mosaic of all your experiences.

Bill George

Source: The Thought Leader Interview: Bill George: http://www.strategy-business.com/press/article/07409

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A Quote by Jim Collins on leaders, leadership, business, and humility

Level 5 leaders are differentiated from other levels of leaders in that they have a wonderful blend of personal humility combined with extraordinary professional will. Understand that they are very ambitious; but their ambition, first and foremost, is for the company's success. They realize that the most important step they must make to become a Level 5 leader is to subjugate their ego to the company's performance. When asked for interviews, these leaders will agree only if it's about the company and not about them.

Jim Collins

Source: "Taking Good to Great" - An Interview with Jim Collins

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A Quote by Jim Collins on will, humility, leadership, ceo, and success

The best CEOs in our research display tremendous ambition for their company combined with the stoic will to do whatever it takes, no matter how brutal (within the bounds of the company's core values), to make the company great. Yet at the same time they display a remarkable humility about themselves, ascribing much of their own success to luck, discipline and preparation rather than personal genius.

Jim Collins

Source: Q&A with management guru Jim Collins: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2007/02/19/8400260/index.htm

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A Quote by Bill George on leadership, empathy, compassion, courage, relationships, and trust

Successful leaders lead with the heart, not just the head. They possess qualities like empathy, compassion and courage. They also have the ability to establish deep, long-term and genuine relationships where others trust them.

Bill George

Source: Incentive Interview with Bill George: True Leader: http://www.salesandmarketing.com/msg/content_display/incentive/e3i5f94aaae55a5d3db008e813d8c8c944a

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